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Community comes together on July 1 for the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Ceremony

(Fort McMurray, AB – July 1, 2017) – Residents from across the region came together today to recognize and support medal recipients at the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Ceremony.

“On behalf of Council, I want to thank everyone who came to the medal ceremony today – including audience members, program participants, volunteers and, of course, all medal recipients,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “This Canada Day was extra special not only because we celebrated our country’s 150th birthday, but because came we together to honour and celebrate those residents who helped protect our communities during the 2016 wildfire.”

As a means of recognizing and honouring the numerous people and groups that contributed during the first 100 hours of the Horse River Wildfire, three award categories were developed:

  • Firefighter Award for Service – 707 medals
  • Law Enforcement Award for Service (RCMP, Sheriffs, Bylaw) – 204 medals
  • Achievement for Public Service – 1013 medals

In total, approximately 1924 medals will be awarded for the program. As some residents were not able to attend the ceremony, these numbers do not necessarily reflect the number of awards presented at the ceremony.

A list of recipients will be displayed on the municipal website at As part of the RSVP process, nominees were given the opportunity to provide permission for displaying their name. Some names have not been displayed out of respect for their privacy.

How to pick up your medal

Medal recipients that were not at the ceremony can pick up their medal from July 5 -31 on the first floor of Jubilee Centre at 9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray. Those who are not able to pick up their medal are encouraged to find someone to pick it up for them. Written permission from the recipient will be required along with ID.

Visit in the coming days to see a video of the event, a list of recipients, thank you messages from Council, and information about the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program. For questions or more information, please contact


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